Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Classic & Vintage
Reload this Page >

First Generation Cannondale

Notices
Classic & Vintage This forum is to discuss the many aspects of classic and vintage bicycles, including musclebikes, lightweights, middleweights, hi-wheelers, bone-shakers, safety bikes and much more.

First Generation Cannondale

Old 02-24-21, 04:00 PM
  #1  
Full Member
Thread Starter
 
OutnBack's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Metro Atlanta
Posts: 343

Bikes: 83 Diamond Back Ridge Runner, 85 Rockhopper, 85 Schwinn Cimarron, 89 Stumpjumper Comp, 91 Bridgestone RBT

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 109 Post(s)
Liked 108 Times in 61 Posts
Vintage Cannondale Decals

Was this style of decal found on the 1st generation Cannondale Bikes? Can't seem to find this font style in the Vintage "Dale" Catalogues. Velocals doesn't seem to have anything quite like it either.

Last edited by OutnBack; 02-24-21 at 07:40 PM.
OutnBack is offline  
Old 02-24-21, 07:57 PM
  #2  
aka: Dr. Cannondale
 
rccardr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 7,723
Mentioned: 234 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2152 Post(s)
Liked 3,398 Times in 1,202 Posts
Pre-87.
Metal top tube cable guides mean 83-86.
__________________
Hard at work in the Secret Underground Laboratory...
rccardr is offline  
Likes For rccardr:
Old 02-24-21, 10:01 PM
  #3  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 763

Bikes: S-Works Stumpjumper HT Disc, Fuji Absolute, Kona Jake the Snake, '85 Cannondale SR900

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 219 Post(s)
Liked 217 Times in 142 Posts
Yes, first generation. Here’s what they looked like on my 85 SR.



Thats 85/86, I believe, but you can confirm in the catalogs at vintagecannondale.com. Then in 87 they went to a slightly more horizontally-elongated typeface that you see more often.
Charliekeet is offline  
Likes For Charliekeet:
Old 02-25-21, 08:35 AM
  #4  
Full Member
Thread Starter
 
OutnBack's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Metro Atlanta
Posts: 343

Bikes: 83 Diamond Back Ridge Runner, 85 Rockhopper, 85 Schwinn Cimarron, 89 Stumpjumper Comp, 91 Bridgestone RBT

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 109 Post(s)
Liked 108 Times in 61 Posts
Originally Posted by Charliekeet
Yes, first generation. Here’s what they looked like on my 85 SR.



Thats 85/86, I believe, but you can confirm in the catalogs at vintagecannondale.com. Then in 87 they went to a slightly more horizontally-elongated typeface that you see more often.
I checked 85 & 86 catalogues, & the decals don't seem to match. The font is the same, but the lettering in the catalogues is filled in like yours, whereas my photo shows just the silhouette of the letters.
OutnBack is offline  
Old 02-25-21, 10:29 AM
  #5  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 763

Bikes: S-Works Stumpjumper HT Disc, Fuji Absolute, Kona Jake the Snake, '85 Cannondale SR900

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 219 Post(s)
Liked 217 Times in 142 Posts
I see what you mean - haven't seen one in the catalogs I've looked through either. What type of Cannondale is it? Serial # / componentry on it?
Maybe it's a first-gen bike that someone got a set of replacement decals for (and they just happened to be (mostly) clear vinyl.

Last edited by Charliekeet; 02-25-21 at 09:16 PM.
Charliekeet is offline  
Old 02-25-21, 11:13 AM
  #6  
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2017
Posts: 143
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 77 Post(s)
Liked 23 Times in 17 Posts
The decals are newer replacements. They started putting the R for 'Registered Trademark' above the d in 87 or 88. Earlier decals didn't have that.
MB33 is offline  
Likes For MB33:
Old 02-25-21, 09:13 PM
  #7  
Full Member
Thread Starter
 
OutnBack's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Metro Atlanta
Posts: 343

Bikes: 83 Diamond Back Ridge Runner, 85 Rockhopper, 85 Schwinn Cimarron, 89 Stumpjumper Comp, 91 Bridgestone RBT

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 109 Post(s)
Liked 108 Times in 61 Posts

Head tube decal has the same font style.
OutnBack is offline  
Old 02-26-21, 07:01 AM
  #8  
aka: Dr. Cannondale
 
rccardr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 7,723
Mentioned: 234 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2152 Post(s)
Liked 3,398 Times in 1,202 Posts
What's the serial number?
83-84-85 frames have AA-BB-CC stamped on the bottom of the BB, often under the cable guide.
Later frames typically on the DS chainstay, some on the DS seatstay. Those are easier to see with a flashlight as they are often lightly stamped.
__________________
Hard at work in the Secret Underground Laboratory...
rccardr is offline  
Old 03-13-21, 08:52 AM
  #9  
Senior Member
 
Bianchi84's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: Concord, NC
Posts: 696

Bikes: 1984 Bianchi Tipo Corsa, 1985 Cannondale SM600 (24/26)

Mentioned: 8 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 235 Post(s)
Liked 347 Times in 188 Posts
Originally Posted by OutnBack
Was this style of decal found on the 1st generation Cannondale Bikes? Can't seem to find this font style in the Vintage "Dale" Catalogues. Velocals doesn't seem to have anything quite like it either.
I saw this recently on a popular Auction Site. Seller reports 1986.

Last edited by Bianchi84; 03-13-21 at 08:53 AM. Reason: Spelling
Bianchi84 is offline  
Old 03-13-21, 09:13 AM
  #10  
Full Member
Thread Starter
 
OutnBack's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Metro Atlanta
Posts: 343

Bikes: 83 Diamond Back Ridge Runner, 85 Rockhopper, 85 Schwinn Cimarron, 89 Stumpjumper Comp, 91 Bridgestone RBT

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 109 Post(s)
Liked 108 Times in 61 Posts
Originally Posted by Bianchi84
I saw this recently on a popular Auction Site. Seller reports 1986.
Yep, 1986. The bike in question is an 86 ST400. I was able to confirm via the serial #...thanks!

Last edited by OutnBack; 03-13-21 at 09:19 AM.
OutnBack is offline  
Old 03-13-21, 09:23 AM
  #11  
Full Member
Thread Starter
 
OutnBack's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Metro Atlanta
Posts: 343

Bikes: 83 Diamond Back Ridge Runner, 85 Rockhopper, 85 Schwinn Cimarron, 89 Stumpjumper Comp, 91 Bridgestone RBT

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 109 Post(s)
Liked 108 Times in 61 Posts


Picked up the Cannondale ST400 for $60, which included front & rear racks. Pics are before I even had a chance to wipe it down. My son in Austin, TX recently had his bike stolen, so after I dial it in, I will be sending it his way.

Last edited by OutnBack; 03-14-21 at 06:14 AM.
OutnBack is offline  
Old 03-14-21, 01:31 AM
  #12  
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2021
Posts: 14
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 4 Times in 4 Posts
That is a steal of a deal for an excellent ride
AeroIronBiker is offline  
Likes For AeroIronBiker:
Old 03-14-21, 05:57 PM
  #13  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 763

Bikes: S-Works Stumpjumper HT Disc, Fuji Absolute, Kona Jake the Snake, '85 Cannondale SR900

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 219 Post(s)
Liked 217 Times in 142 Posts
Nice score!!
Charliekeet is offline  
Old 03-14-21, 07:12 PM
  #14  
Full Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Posts: 224

Bikes: Some 80s MTBs

Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 67 Post(s)
Liked 28 Times in 24 Posts
Originally Posted by OutnBack
Was this style of decal found on the 1st generation Cannondale Bikes? Can't seem to find this font style in the Vintage "Dale" Catalogues. Velocals doesn't seem to have anything quite like it either.
I've had several early Cannondales, these have come with both solid or open decals. I suspect that all were filled in silver color within the outer margins you show, that wear and wax made fade away. Here is an 1984 I had.

Last edited by Santuri32; 03-15-21 at 09:35 AM. Reason: typo
Santuri32 is offline  
Likes For Santuri32:
Old 01-29-24, 10:09 AM
  #15  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Madison, Ohio
Posts: 689

Bikes: Gitane tdf,Schwinn 12.2,2 continentals,miyata310,univega supra soort,couple peugeots,ou8,ou10,a few mtb's and other bikes

Mentioned: 8 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 158 Post(s)
Liked 148 Times in 74 Posts
Thought I’d try on this old thread. Any way to save or get a replacement on this sm700 decal?
Kdogbikes is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service -

Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.